Writer/Artist: You Higuri
Translated by: N/A
Adapted by: N/A
What They Say
Drink from the Cup of the Borgias.. If You Dare!
Torn apart by circumstances beyond their control, Chiaro and Cesare struggle to be reunited before Cesare's body is consumed by the dark force that is now devouring his very flesh. Chiaro, under suspicion for a murder he didn't commit, must tend to his own wounds in hiding, with the aid of an angelic figure who could heal his heart - and tear apart his relationship with Cesare through jealousy and betrayal..
Cesare has allowed the demons to enter his body, but he won't let them dominate his soul. Moved at Cesare's determination, Chiaro fails to keep his promise and kill Cesare. When Juan, already near death, attacks them, he's finally killed. Chiaro flees, taking the responsibility for killing the pope's favorite son onto himself. Gravely injured in the fight, he somehow manages to find his way to familiar territory, where Lucrezia chances on him. Despite learning of his involvement in Juan's death, she continues to care for him and falls for him more, desperately grateful for a chance to escape the painful love she has for Cesare.
But Lucrezia still has value as a pawn in the game of marriage, and speculation over who her new husband may be is running wild. In addition, a new player has arrived who threatens the fragile happiness that Lucrezia and Chiaro have found. But while Chiaro draws closer to Lucrezia, there is someone else who needs him much more. Cesare is spending every moment of every day not only advancing his ambitions, but fighting for control of his own body from the demonic forces within him. Without Chiaro's influence, it seems that he's fighting a losing battle.
What's really striking about this volume is the overwhelming sense of impending doom. It's not quite like watching a trainwreck yet, but it's like watching the train pass by and knowing that somewhere up ahead the bridge is out. Everyone's doing what they think is right and best, which makes it so much more agonizing to watch. Chiaro is in denial about how very badly Cesare needs him near, and Cesare seems to falling apart completely, right when he most needs to be strong. The character interactions take center stage in this volume, although the political machinations never really stop. Several minor and side characters come back into play here, but Volpe and Sancia both have more interesting roles here to play than they've had in earlier volumes, adding rather more depth to them both.